Jose Mourinho and Chelsea face a problem many teams would love to have. On one side, they have Petr Cech - one of the greatest goalkeepers in Premier League history. And on the opposite side, they have young Thibaut Courtois, who has blossomed into one of the top goalkeepers in Europe.
It sounds like a great dilemma to be in, knowing that you have an established goalkeeper in the Premier League who still does the job week in and week out and then to follow up you also have one of the hottest properties in football who is eagerly waiting to pounce at the chance to become the number one at Chelsea.
But Chelsea manager Mourinho has told FC Barcelona that they would be wasting their own time in pursuing Courtois. The Catalans reportedly see him as a potential replacement for outgoing goalkeeper, Victor Valdes.
It comes as no surprise that Barcelona are desperately looking for a goalkeeper, as for many years Victor Valdes has firmly held the number one spot and his position has never been in jeopardy. Now, with the Spaniard likely to switch to moneybags AS Monaco in France, Barcelona will be looking for a goalkeeper who can handle the pressure of being the number one at such a big club.
They will also be looking for someone who will be around for many years to come, not a quick-fix solution who will hold that position for a couple of years before another goalkeeper is brought in. Who better to pursue than Courtois, who has definitely established himself as one of the best ever since his first loan spell in Spain?
But Mourinho would appear to have no interest in sanctioning the exit of a player he holds in such high regard. Young Courtois arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2011 from Belgian club Racing Genk, but is now in this third loan spell at Atletico Madrid, managing to easily fill the void left by the sale David de Gea.
“We have the best goalkeeper in the world (Petr Cech) and the best young goalkeeper in the world. It’s a very good problem. Our goal is safe and financially we are also very safe – the value in the market is the value of the best," Mourinho was quoted by Sky Sports.
“In this moment I don’t think about it. It doesn’t worry me because our situation is fantastic and everything is under our control. We control the situation, not Barcelona, Atletico or another team interested in our goalkeepers. We control the situation so that’s fine.”
It comes as no surprise that the 21-year-old Belgian is hot property in the world of football. At his young age, he has become one of the best goalkeepers in Europe today and has looked very comfortable as Atletico Madrid’s number one lifting the Copa Del Rey, Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup under the guidance of Diego Simeone.
Chelsea and Mourinho have a massive decision to make now, either bring in Courtois next season and have him compete with Cech. Otherwise they must loan him to an English team or - the worst possible decision from many Chelsea fans’ perspectives - sell him.
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